In recent years, it seems that many films regarding the subject of slavery. Yet, until now there arguably has not been a film that truly captures the cruelly atrocious nature of the “peculiar institution.”
“12 Years a Slave” tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a distinguished free black man living in the North who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery.
One of the most shocking aspects of the film is the contrast between Northup’s life as a free man and as a slave in the South.
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt, the film boasts a famous cast to say the least.
Steve McQueen, the acclaimed director of both “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave,” captures the raw nature of the subject at hand. The film illustrates the gruesome brutality of slavery and explores the horrors of one of the darkest times in our nation’s history.
The movie has no shame in explicitly showing the torture and wicked punishment inflicted on slaves during the pre-Civil War time period. On the whole, the film is visually disturbing, but also captivating in its authenticity.